No, YOU’RE hipster!

Hipster: The Dead End of Civilization

We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality, and is leaving a generation pointlessly obsessing over fashion, faux individuality, cultural capital and the commodities of style.

In true Hipster fashion, Adbusters, the ultimate Hipster magazine (self-described as “the journal of the mental environment”) has jumped on yet another bandwagon. Although deeply hipster itself, Adbusters just released the September/October #79 issue featuring a main article on Hipsters, titled “Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization.” The reporter, Douglas Haddow, makes the point that Hipsters simply absorb the life of other trends and cultures and do not generate any life or creativity of their own. They are consumers, not producers, he says.

The entire story centers around a Hipster party. Haddow writes of how he lurks around and comments negatively on what everyone is wearing and doing. He says everyone at the party has a “Fuck you” mentality, and points out whatever the person he is interviewing is wearing. By the end of the party, and by the end of the story, Haddow comes to the conclusion that hipsters are lazy, pessimistic hypocrites who are an unnecessary evil in this world.

But as a drinker of coffee, a listener of Andrew Bird, and a proud owner of a pair of skinny jeans, I’m here to defend the way of the hipster.

Haddow spends the entire article mocking the clothes and ways of the people around him, and then makes the point that hipsters spend all their time mocking the clothes and the ways of the people around them. He accuses them of being negative and without hope, as he pessimisticly generalizes their attitudes and writes of only the bad. He says they are shallow and aesthically obsessed as he judges every person he interviews. And worst of all, he’s writing an article making fun of hipsters for the magazine ADBUSTERS. Really, though?

Adbusters is only sold in natural, organic, vegan grocery stores. I wonder who will read this article!?!?


As Haddow attempts to separate himself from the Hipster label and world, he does not realize that part of the hipster culture IS to make fun of other hipsters. It takes one to know one. Every hipster is embarassed to be a hipster. Why? Because hipsters DON’T want to fit in, and if they’re just like all the people around them, then they do.

All Hipsters have an identity complex, Haddow included. And if he thinks he doesn’t, he needs to talk to Freud, and fast.

Read the entire article and another reflection on it:


One Response

  1. I respond to this same issue here:

    thanks for the thoughts!

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